Running a car can be expensive, especially when it comes to fuel which can fluctuate in price. Fuel prices are relatively low at the moment, the lowest they’ve been since 2016. However over the past years where fuel prices have been high, this has led to many people having to consider a different, cheaper mode of transport.
There are lots of benefits to reducing fuel consumption and getting more for your money. Below are our top tips for improving fuel efficiency:
Tyres typically lose air naturally so checking your tyre pressures regularly can help you to preserve your fuel for as long as possible. Making sure there is enough air in your tyres prolongs the life of the tyre tread and improves fuel efficiency as there is less rolling resistance with the road.
Lighten the Load
The heavier the vehicle, the more fuel it will need to keep it moving, especially when driving in stop-start traffic.
On average an extra 50kg of weight in a vehicle will increase fuel consumption by 1-2%, so whilst it can be easy to get in the habit of using your car as a storage space, it’s best to only carry the essentials.
Once the engine is warm, it will operate at it’s most efficient, whereas several cold starts will increase fuel consumption even though the total mileage could be the same, so consider combining trips and making one round trip rather than several shorter ones.
Air con and heat both use engine power which decreases fuel consumption. If you let your air-con refrigerant get low, your air-conditioning system will start blowing warmer air out. This means your air-con system will be working harder to produce cold air even though it’s unable to. This additional effort places more strain on the vehicle’s engine, resulting in more fuel.
We recommend getting your air-con system regassed every two years, which we can do here at Roadwheel.
The most important reason for having a correct wheel alignment is safety. Having this checked every year ensures your tyres wear evenly and last longer, adding up to 12,000 miles to the life of your tyres.
Having even tyre wear reduces the rolling resistance with the road and in turn helps to improve fuel efficiency. We carry out wheel alignments here at Roadwheel so gives us a call to get this checked!
Maintaining your vehicle is one of the best ways to ensure your car runs efficiently and stays in good shape. From checking brakes to regular oil changes, a full service can reduce the burden on your engine and help to provide improved miles per gallon.
There’s no doubt that the speed you drive at is arguably the most influential factor affecting fuel consumption. Adopting bad driving habits such as speeding and excessive acceleration will drain fuel. There are a number of ways you can change your driving habits to have a significant impact on the money you spend at the pump, such as using cruise control which helps to maintain a constant speed and make the best use of your fuel. Sudden braking will also have a detrimental effect on your MPG, so making sure you leave enough distance between yourself and the car in front whilst driving will mean you’re not constantly hitting the brake pedal.
EU Tyre Label
It’s important to choose the right tyres. All new tyres purchased in the UK come with an EU tyre label, which is there to help you make an informed choice when choosing a new tyre. Tyres are rated in 3 categories: fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise.
Fuel efficiency is rated on a scale from A to F, with an A-rating being the best result possible. These tyres require less energy to roll, and therefore burn less fuel. So, if you want new tyres with good fuel economy, look to the EU tyre label for guidance.
Take a look at our website to see what services we offer here at Roadwheel to keep your car running smoothly and efficiently.